What to do with the Kids: November 29th – December 1st, 2013

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Weekend Events
The city of Quincy is home to a weekend full of holiday events Friday through Sunday. Read below for more details and see the complete schedule at www.quincyma.gov!

Every Saturday and Sunday from November 30 to December 22 you can have lunch with Santa at Colony Place in Plymouth! On Saturdays join Santa at TGI Fridays from 11am-2pm and on Sundays he’s dining at Red Robin from 11am-2pm. Reservations are recommended but not required. Visit colonyplace.com for all the details on their holiday festivities!

How about a visit to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton? Let the Art Touch You! A variety of special exhibitions await your discovery. There will be workshops & special events available for adults & children.  For more information, call 508-588-6000 or visit www.fullercraft.org

Check out the fun events and activities at the Museum of Science in Boston.  Find out more at www.mos.org.

Visit the New England Aquarium. For more information, call 617-973-5206 or visit www.neaq.org.

Friday, November 29, 2013
Visit the McIntyre Mall (tents in front of City Hall) at 1305 Hancock Street for the Donna Marie Children’s Puppet show, street performers, strolling Victorian Christmas Carolers and enjoy free popcorn, hot chocolate and candy canes from 5pm-7pm! At 6pm Santa Claus will make a special appearance with Mayor Koch to turn on the Quincy Center Christmas lights!

Check out Family Friday Nights at the Children’s Museum in Boston.  From 5 to 9pm admission is only $1 a person.  For more info, visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Santa and his elves arrive by parachute today in Quincy around 12:30 pm (weather permitting!). Head to Pageant Field, One Merrymount Parkway, up to the road from Adams Field to see Santa arrive.

It’s the 27th annual Greater Brockton Holiday Parade today at 1pm! While the parade kicks off at 1pm, downtown activities begin at 9am like arts and crafts for all at the Brockton Public Library, holiday bazaar at City Hall, and a Downtown Treasure Hunt at 10 locations! And after the parade at 1pm, join the Mayor lighting the city’s holiday tree adorned with ornaments made by Brockton Public School children. For details and the parade route visit firstdepartmentstoresanta.com.

Check out the “Feed the Animals” event today at 10:00am. Visit as the naturalists take time to stop and visit with all of the animals and give them what they need most – food! Learn what an iguana eats, what our turtles prefer and what our snakes need to survive. For more information, visit www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org
or contact the South Shore Natural Science Center at 781-659-2559.

Check out the “Meet an Animal” event today at 2pm. Join us for a chance to meet a different animal every week. Could be a turtle, could be a bullfrog, could be an owl. Whooo knows? The event is free with admission to the South Shore Natural Science Center. or more information, visit www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org or contact the South Shore Natural Science Center at 781-659-2559.

Sunday, December 1, 2013
It’s Quincy’s 61st annual Christmas Parade today at 12:30 p.m.! The parade route begins at the intersection of Hancock Street and Walter J. Hannon Parkway, continuing up Hancock Street to North Quincy. Rain date is Sunday, December 8. For all the details visit www.quincyma.gov!

It’s the annual HolidayFest in Marshfield today! There will be lots of children’s activities, music and more! Activities include the trackless train ride, petting zoo, bouncy houses, crafts, cookie decorating at Veronica’s Sweetcakes, an obstacle course, face painting and visits to Santa’s Village, all just footsteps away in Marshfield’s Library Plaza. And for adults, head to the holiday marketplace for unique gifts and help out Marshfield Community Christmas by entering a raffle to win prizes donated by Marshfield Center Merchants! The event will conclude with a parade over to the Molly Park for a tree lighting ceremony featuring the Marshfield High School Marshal Airs, cookies and hot cocoa. This event is free and will be held from 2-5. For more details visit marshfieldchamberofcommerce.com!

Head to Colony Place in Plymouth today, inside The Children’s Place for holiday story time with Mrs. Claus from 11am-1pm! Mrs. Claus will share tall tales of reindeer, toys for good girls and boys and the North Pole! You’ll also hear Hanukkah stories with the telling and demonstration of the tradition of the Dreidel! Colonyplace.com has all the details for their holiday events!

Upcoming:

It’s the 31st annual Christmas in the Square celebration in Hingham on Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th! Celebrate the season with music, crafts for kids, caroling in the street, horse-drawn hayrides and much more! Friday night Santa arrives at 6:30 by fire truck down Main Street along with live music and the Festival of Trees. Saturday is a day of tons of kids holiday crafts activities from 10am-1pm at the community center, horse-drawn hayrides, music and shopping in downtown Hingham Square. And you can catch the Polar Express movie at 10:30 at Loring Hall! For more details visit discoveringhingham.com!

Check out the Holiday Youth Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday December 7th from 10am to 3pm at Duxbury High School. There will be youth crafters from 23 towns and 3 states registered. All crafts are made by youths from 9 to 19. Find out more at www.promotingyouth.org
The entertainment schedule is follows:
10:30am: Singer Adlie Morse from Middleboro
11:00am: Street Performer Will Felderman from Duxbury
12:00noon: Musician/Singer Sam Groll  from Duxbury
12:45pm: Duxbury Robotics Club – Robot Demonstration
1:30pm: “Angry Toddlers” Award-winning band from Cambridge

The North Community Church, located in Marshfield Hills, will hold its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 7th from 9:00am to 2:00pm in its Parish Hall. The long running holiday fair will feature local area crafters, custom decorated greenery and topiaries by Seaside Garden Club, Christmas wreaths to trim the home, baked goods and frozen foods for holiday entertaining, a children’s craft area, an area to get your gifts wrapped, and a relaxing bistro café in which to enjoy lunch. Raffles at the fair will include a Turkey and Trimmings Basket, a Gourmet Foods Basket, a Spirits Basket, along with the annual Marshfield Community League’s beautifully handmade quilt. The public is invited to enjoy the day at the fair with children and grandchildren, family, and friends. Come when the doors open to enjoy the best selection of holiday gifts and decorations. The Luncheon Café is a delightful way to relax after shopping. To get to the Fair, take 3A to Marshfield Hills. Turn onto Old Main Street at the blinking light intersection where Old Main Street/Forest Street intersect with 3A. The Church Parish Hall is ½ mile on the left side of the road. For further information and directions, please call the church office at 781-837-3784.  The facility is handicap accessible.

The Soule Homestead will hold their annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 7th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the education center located at 46 Soule Street in Middleboro, MA.  Homemade baked goods and hand-crafted items will be on sale and children’s craft activities are planned throughout the day and Santa is scheduled to make a stop at fair between 10 a.m. and noon for those wishing to take pictures.

There’s plenty to see and do at Plimoth Plantation in December! Join in as they celebrate this magical time of year with historic old world flair and experience a sense of the past as only Plimoth Plantation can provide. Visit www.plimoth.org/calendar for more details.

Charles Dickens’ enduring Yuletide tale of hope and compassion comes to life with Ebenezer Scrooge as a sour-spirited Puritan who desperately needs the help of the three redemptive ghosts. Audience members will enjoy a Christmas feast with Scrooge as he celebrates his newly-found holiday cheer. (This is a ticketed event that includes dinner.) Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th. Performance begins at 6:00 p.m. with seated meal immediately following. $45 Members, $25 Child Members $50 Not-Yet-Members, $30 Child Not-Yet-Members. All meals served family style. To purchase tickets, please contact: Diane Cox, Catering Sales Manager at (508)746-1622 x8365

Travel back in time to where the simple joys of the season abound. It’s Olde World Christmas at the Plimoth Grist Mill! The miller and his wife have decked the halls with traditional greenery and twinkling lights. A charming Christmas story unfolds as you tour the mill and discover some traditions of long ago…the holly and the ivy, sugar plums, warm cider and gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, carol singing and ringing sleigh bells. Experience the magical sights and tastes and sounds of an old world Christmas at the Mill. Tours begin at 4 p.m. and start every 15 minutes with the last tour at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, December 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21. $8 Adult Members, $5 Child Members $10 Adult Not-Yet-Member, $7 Child Not-Yet-Members. www.plimoth.org

Santa Claus is coming to Plimoth Plantation on Sunday December 8th at 10:00am!  Please join for a morning of festive family fun. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and decorate your own Gingerbread man for dessert. Don’t forget your camera to capture the perfect moment with Santa! $20 Adult, $10 Child. Reservations required. Please call 508-746-1622, ext. 8365 or 8364. For more information, visit www.plimoth.org

Explore the secret world of bubbles with state of the art soap bubble sculptures! It’s “Bubbleology” at the South Shore Science Center in Norwell on Saturday December 28th at 11:00am and 1:00pm. From bubbles as big as bathtubs to fog-filled spinning geometric shapes, Keith Johnson will have the audience roaring with laughter.  Discover how to continue the experiments on your own at home No Strollers please. The cost is $7 for members; $10 for non-members. Advance ticket sales only – please call 781-659-2559 to purchase tickets or visit www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org

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Since 2000, Rob has hosted The South Shore's Morning News on WATD.